Frederick Shocks Florida

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Florida appeared to have their fourth SEC win secured against South Carolina Wednesday. Up by one, the Gators had Chandler Parsons at the free throw line shooting a one-and-one and the Gamecocks were out of timeouts to set anything up offensively. The sophomore missed the free throw, setting into motion a stunning sequence which cost Florida the victory.

South Carolina's Mike Holmes gathered the rebound and immediately fired an outlet pass upcourt to a streaking Zam Fredrick. Fredrick, who had gotten behind Florida's Dan Werner, gathered in the pass and laid the ball in with two-tenths of a second on the clock to give South Carolina a 70-69 win. It was the only time the Gamecocks had led at any point in the final 7:40 of the game.

Florida's Billy Donovan attempted to explain what went wrong to lead to the runout layup in a situation where the primary objective of the defense is always to not allow someone to get the ball upcourt quickly.

"I thought we were matched up pretty well. It was a great play by Holmes," said Donovan. "(Fredrick) got behind Dan on the play."

Donovan said his concern defensively was making sure Walter Hodge was accounting for Gamecock point guard Devan Downey, not anticipating there would be an issue with Werner.

"I thought Dan being obviously an older guy, being back there... he just got behind Dan is really all that happened," Donovan said.

Werner was not available to speak with the media after the game and explain what happened from his perspective.

Florida had multiple chances to put the game away, leading 67-60 with the ball and 2:03 remaining. Turnovers followed on the next two Gator possessions, with clock stopping fouls allowing the Gamecocks to cut the margin to three. Still, when Nick Calathes laid the ball in to go up 69-64 with 35 seconds remaining it still appeared Florida was in good shape. They would not score again.

After a Devan Downey three-point shot made it a two point game, Calathes missed the front end of a one and one with 13.3 remaining. An Alex Tyus foul sent Fredrick to the line with a chance to tie things up at the 4.7 second mark, but he missed the second free throw. After Parsons got the rebound and was fouled, the senior appeared in line to be the goat. Thanks to Parsons missing the front end of his one and one and a spectacular pass by Holmes, Fredrick instead referred to the win as "number one for me" in his basketball career.

While Calathes and Parsons failed at the free throw line late, they were the two key cogs in the Gator offense. Calathes led Florida with twenty points, and Parsons had fourteen to go with nine rebounds. South Carolina recorded eleven steals, helping cause eighteen turnovers by the Gators in the game.

Florida falls to 3-1 in SEC play and will have to regroup mentally prior to a Sunday road game against Vanderbilt. Donovan mentioned previous heartbreakers his teams have had to overcome as part of their growing process, and says he expects the same to be true of this year's squad.

"This is a great opportunity for our team to try to overcome some of those hurdles going forward right now."

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